Category Archives: Food

Follow Friday

I started doing a follow friday post ages ago, where I featured a blog I’d either followed for ages or recently discovered and a bit about why I loved it. I thought it was about time I resurrected it and first to feature is www.slimmingeats.com.

I discovered this blog through a slimming forum I belong to a few months back and set about recreating a few of the recipes on there. It’s written by an expat mum in Canada who is quite literally cooking herself slim. I’m back on the diet wagon yet again this week and have already worked some of the delicious recipes into my meal plan for the week.

The latest recipes that have caught my eye are Baked Arancini a dish of stuffed baked rice balls that were very popular in Malta, yet I never got round to trying them. These will be going on the list for next weeks meal plan. Strawberry Shortbread Frozen Yogurt sounds amazing and I’ll definitely have to try it. I’m forever denying myself treats when I’m on a diet then of course end up stuffing my face with them when I feel deprived. I’ll also have an excuse to buy some strawberries as now the baby is starting to eat finger foods I’m sure he would love to suck on a strawberry!

Despite going to America and seeing this on every breakfast buffet cart and menu I’ve never tried Pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, so this diet friendly version may well have to rectify that!

One of my favourite recipes for lunch is the Bacon and Cheese Tortilla Espanola, it’s easy, filling and went down well with the man and the fussy 10 year old! Another one that had us all reaching for seconds was Fajita Pork Pasta – simply delicious and full of flavour!

This stuff is famous among Slimming Worlders, yet I still haven’t tried it! It’s definitely time for me to try Diet Coke Chicken

Perfect for a hot summers day is Iced Tea, I made my version with normal tea bags (didn’t have any posh fruity stuff in) and sugar free peach squash and it was delicious!

Mini Oreo Baked Cheesecakes are simply begging to be made, infact I may well have to nip out and get some Oreo’s so I can make these tomorrow!

I love Mediterranean flavours and I love cake, so what better way to combine the two than with this recipe for Orange and Almond Cake. My only problem will be not eating the entire cake on my own!

There are loads more delicious recipes on the blog, some of which I’ve tried and some of which I’m yet to try. I’m thrilled to have found this blog though as dieting can be rather a bland and boring time for people who love food and flavours as much as I do and this blog provides some delicious recipes that certainly don’t make you feel deprived in the slightest!

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Meal Planning Monday

After having visitors last week and my birthday and therefore cake and lots of other delicious treats, I’m back on the Meal Planning and dieting wagon. Instead of just planing my dinners, I’m planning breakfast, lunch and dinner as I find when it’s written down I stick to it and that is ultimately what will help me lose weight.

Monday

B – Cheese on toast

L – Tuna salad

D – Chicken and pasta in a creamy sundried tomato and basil Philly sauce

Tuesday

B – Cereal

L – Slimming World quiche and salad  (for a nice SW quiche recipe see my friend Cass’s one here)

D – Pork in sherry sauce with vegetables

Wednesday

B – Bacon sarnie

L – Slimming World quiche and salad

D – Piri Piri Chicken and jacket potato

Thursday

B – Cereal

L – Slimming World cheese and bacon tortilla

D – Steak pasta with a creamy roasted pepper Philly sauce

Friday

B – Cheese on toast

L – Slimming World cheese and bacon tortilla

D – Jerk chicken and rice (from the new SW mag)

Saturday

B – Cereal

L – Tuna salad

D – Andalucian Meatballs (from the new SW mag)

Sunday

B – Cereal

L – Chicken and bacon salad

D – Chicken kiev and jacket potato

For more meal plans check out At Home With Mrs M

Meal Planning Monday

A bit late in the day with the meal planning, but we’ve been swimming, cake making and the kids have generally been running me ragged so the meal planning has taken a backseat until the youngest went to bed, which was actually on time tonight which makes a change!

Monday

Freezer meal – left over paella for me and a korma for the 10 year old

Tuesday

Chicken stuffed with mozarella and wrapped in bacon with roasted veg and cous cous

Wednesday

4th of July BBQ. In an effort to do something a bit different with my daughter for the 4th of July we’re having our own little bbq complete with bugers, kebabs, potato and pasta salads and even smores for dessert!

Thursday

Steak with alioli and jacket potatoes

Friday

Mexican Chicken with rice

Saturday

Tapas. Another one I’m getting the daughter involved in, she loves tapas and will no doubt get chorizo in red wine, croquettas de jamon, quesadillas, ensalada rusa and loads more on the table with a little bit of help from yours truly.

Sunday

Roast dinner, although this is more summer style with roasted meat accompanied by roasted veg, salad and maybe sauteed potatoes or rice rather than roasties.

For more meal plans this week, head over to At Home With Mrs M to check them out!

Meal Planning Monday on a Sunday

Another week eating our way through the cupboards, so nothing particularly exciting unfortunately.

Monday

Chicken Balti

Tuesday

Meatballs

Wednesday

Quick chicken & chorizo paella

Thursday

Pizza and salad

Friday

Mediterranean Chicken

Saturday & Sunday

To be decided

Meal Planning Monday

Last week saw yet more visitors (we’re on about one a month at the moment and that’s been since December so I’m constantly playing hostess, not to mention knackered!) and my netbook went to netbook heaven, albeit temporarily (for now) so I didn’t have the chance to put my meal plan up. I’m not exactly doing well on the diet, one minute I’m eating healthily, the next the baguettes are sneaking back in rather than just a salad for lunch, not to mention the chocolate and cakes. So some semblance of a meal plan will serve me well this week and hopefully get me back on track, or at least steer me towards that track!

Monday

Posh Pork

Tuesday

Cajun Chicken Pasta

Wednesday

Meatballs

Thursday

Chicken & Chorizo Paella

Friday

Burgers

Saturday

Chicken & Jackets with Salad

Sunday

Roast

Meal Planning Monday

Hmm last weeks attempt at a diet didn’t exactly go too well, a takeaway, a cupcake and a few well deserved drinks crept in, but I’m sure they won’t kill me! This week it’s another cheap week as we have visitors the following week and will no doubt be dining out on a few occasions.

Monday

Chicken with jacket potatoes and salad

Tuesday

Meatballs in tomato-maple sauce

Wednesday

Chicken and brocoli pasta bake

Thursday

Stirfry

Friday

Bacon & sundried tomato pasta

Saturday

Parmesan chicken

Sunday

Steak & Chips

To see more meal plans this week, visit At Home With Mrs M

Meal Planning Monday

Back from holiday and attempting to loosely follow Slimming World to try and get some weight off before people start asking if I’m pregnant again! I wouldn’t say I overindulged while away, infact by my standards I was practically angelic, I think the damage was done pre holiday, plus I was never a supermodel anyway!

Monday

Burritos with wedges and salad (I’ve never had burritos before so it’s worth a go)

Tuesday

Cajun Chicken Penne

Wednesday

Posh pork with rice

Thursday

Parmesan crusted chicken with jacket potatoes and salad

Friday

Spaghetti with garlic, chilli and olive oil

Saturday

Slow cooker honey sauced chicken and rice

Sunday

Beef stroganoff with potatoes and veg

For more Meal Plans this week, visit At Home With Mrs M